President Obama today took his case for health reform to the doctors today. Speaking at the American Medical Association in Chicago, the President underscored that the “the cost of our health care is a threat to our economy” and the “status quo is unsustainable.” The President has also rolled out a roadmap to reform that includes (see fact sheet) expanding coverage, investing in HIT, patient, prevention and wellness: and creating a payment system that pays providers for providing better care not just more care. Read full speech.
The President also made a strong case for the value of preventive and primary care, saying, “The second step that we can all agree on is to invest more in preventive care so that we can avoid illness and disease in the first place. That starts with each of us taking more responsibility for our health and the health of our children… Our federal government also has to step up its efforts to advance the cause of healthy living. Five of the costliest illnesses and conditions – cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, lung disease, and strokes – can be prevented. And yet only a fraction of every health care dollar goes to prevention or public health. That is starting to change with an investment we are making in prevention and wellness programs that can help us avoid diseases that harm our health and the health of our economy”
We’re glad the message is getting out about the value of preventive care, which is what health centers do – provide affordable, accessible preventive care through a health care home so that people can stay healthy and out of hospitals. This is the kind of health care that delivers results through quality of care and achieves cost-savings. To learn more, read NACHC’s press release about two studies just-released studies that highlight the role of Community Health Centers and how they provide a “patient-Centered Medical Home” (PCMH) model of health care.